Academic Achievement Programs
Bouillon Hall Room 232

Student Support Services:  Your Success Is Our Goal!


TRIO – Student Support Services is a federally funded project established at Central Washington University for the purpose of assisting students achieve their post-secondary academic ambitions. Students are encouraged to complete their undergraduate studies and, whatever feasible, continue to graduate school. The TRIO - Student Support Services program is committed to making college a rewarding and successful experience for each student participant.

About Student Support Services

Student Support Services purpose is to increase the retention and graduation rates of low income, first-generation students, and students with disabilities at Central Washington University. This is accomplished by providing supportive services such as academic action plans (ISP), tutoring, and monitoring of student academic progress. Participants are eligible to utilize academic success workshops, mentoring, college success courses, academic, financial, and graduate school advisement.

TRIO Promotes Financial Literacy

We inform students about the financial aid process and loan options available and assist them with making educated personal financial choices to fund their post-secondary education.

TRIO Shortens the Time to Degree Completion

Compared to their low-income peers, TRIO students are 50% more likely to attain a bachelor's degree and 16% more likely to graduate in 5 years.

TRIO Provides Grant Aid

We provide information on college fee waivers and provide grant aid to students to help subsidize the costs of college.

To be eligible to receive services from TRIO – Student Support Services Project you must:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Central Washington University as an undergraduate student.
  • Be a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Be a low-income student as outlined by the Department of Education criteria; or,
  • Be a first-generation student; or,
  • Be a student with a documented disability
  • Meet the academic need criteria as established by the Central Washington University SSS Project.

Disclosure:  CWU TRIO-Student Support Services is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. For the 2021-2022PY, the project is funded at $323,764 and services 225 students.